Prospectus of The Society of Residents along the New Route of Chubu-Odan autoway at theSouthern Foot of Mt .Yatsugatake
Society of Residents along the NewRoute of Chubu-Odan Expressway at the Southern Foot ofYatsugatake Mountain
The southern foot of Yatsugatake Mountains in Yamanashi prefecture, Japan is a world renownedarea of outstanding natural beauty under threat！
In November 2012, a project to construct a new expressway, crossing the beautiful YatsugatakeMountains, was unveiled by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.
The new route of the expressway is planned to commence near Nagasaka Interchange and runthrough Nishiide inOizumi-machi , Murayama Kitawari in Takane-cho, and kaiganji in Sutama-cho,towards Kiyosato.The route crosses the southern foot of the Yatsugatake Mountains.People wholive in this area have made desperate efforts to protect the beautiful Yatsugatake Mountains,because such a construction project would be devastating.
The survey which the ministry carried out among residents shows that more than 50 percent ofthem want theNational Route 141 to be expanded and properly maintained.Nevertheless, theministry still set the route to cross the southern foot of the Yatsugatake Mountains.
Many residents in Hokuto City opposed construction of this original southern foot route, as aresult, the ministry gave a smallrevision and prepared a new route.However, it still covers thesouthern foot and destroys the YatsugatakeMountains.
We who live here at the southern foot cannot allow this reckless act and vigorously oppose theplan.We will protect the natural environment ofthe Yatsugatake and never allow it be a place full ofnoise and pollution.
In addition, we strongly support the request to improve the National Route 141 in order to improveaccessibility to the region, and we call upon the decision making to be done in a respectful,democratic and participatory manner
We would greatly appreciate your support and participation in our campaign.